John Ellis Presents Thoughts About Christ's Special Rest
Sabbath services on April 18, 2015 began with an introit by Beth Brandt on the piano. There followed a song service led by Jessica Fields, assisted by Wendy Carr and accompanied on the piano by Beth Brandt. The opening song was “A Shelter in the Time of Storm”. John Ellis welcomed everyone and had the opening prayer and read Hebrew 4:9 “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.” John Ellis then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering.
John Ellis then had a talk on “Rest At Last”. The congregation then sang “Lift Up the Trumpet”. John Ellis then had closing prayer. The congregation then became three Sabbath School classes, one taught by James Brenneman in the church sanctuary, one taught by Ron Oxentenko “behind the glass” in the church, and one taught by Rick Carr in the boys dorm lobby nearby.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk by John Ellis:
Personnel Other Than Students:
- He presented a few thoughts from an H.M.S. Richards devotional book.
- John 19:30 “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” The entire history of the world previous to this was a countdown to this moment.
- The only remedy for sin is the sacrifice of Christ on the cross.
- Matthew 28:13 “Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him [away] while we slept.”
- There were no other bones for Christ to touch and be resurrected. The tomb was cut into the rock, making it practically impossible for anyone to steal Christ’s body.
- Grave robbers would not have neatly folded the grave clothes. It showed that Jesus did not leave in haste but made sure everything was in order.
- Matthew 24:29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:”
- The Second Coming is certain. Four great events will come before – the darkening or coloring of the moon and sun, the great tribulation, etc.
- Think every day – could Christ come today?
- Matthew 24:44 “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”
- Christ will come in an hour when you don’t expect Him. Death can come at any minute, thus being the end of time for that individual.
- Hebrews 4:9 “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.”
- Jesus rested in His tomb and established the salvation rest as well as observed Sabbath rest.
- Salvation rest comes when we rest in the finished work of Christ on the cross and realize that God does it all for us. This relieves us of the worry of our salvation.
Beth Brandt – wife of Clayton Brandt, who works with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment
James Brenneman – teaches most of the academy English classes and all the history classes
Jessica Fields – works with the Laurelbrook cleaning crew
John Ellis – former staff member now retired from nearby Majestic Stone Company
Rick Carr – works with the Laurelbrook purchasing department / Laurelbrook fire chief
Ron Oxentenko – outgoing Laurelbrook business manager
Wendy Carr – wife of Rick Carr / works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home office